It's finally summer and that means you can put away your copies of War and Peace and continue the great tradition of light summer reading!
Here are some books I am eying to read poolside, beachside, lakeside and stoopside this summer. I can't vouch for them yet, but we can read them together and discuss them over a glass of wine in late August.
- This New York Mag article about the self-help book Tiny Beautiful Things really made me want to check this book out so I can pass it on to all my lady friends. NY Mag says "her voice is both compassionate and authoritative, exactly the tone we hope to strike when our friends ask us how they should get over that guy or deal with their mom’s drama." Seems like a good way to start a fresh new season.
- I know nothing about The Goldfinch except for the fact that everyone's nose is buried in it on the subway. I'm intrigued by not only the abundance of people reading it, but also the variety - young, old, nerdy, cool, hipsters and Wall St. suits are all reading it. Here's what the summary on Amazon had to say: "The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate."
- Kelly Oxford has been cracking me up on Twitter with tweets like, "Marriage is basically listening to your husband swear and scream at scanners/printers from another room." and "'It says you're old, right?' My youngest daughter watching me step onto a weight scale" so I was excited to see that she released a book, Everything is Perfect When Your a Liar.
- To be honest, I really want to read The Vacationers because of the cover. It just makes me feel like I'm on vacation looking at it. It's about an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca filled with dysfunction and hilarity.
- The Good Luck of Right Now is written by the author of The Silver Linings Playbook and seems to be just as charming and heartwarming. It's described as a "funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere."
- B.J Novak's book One More Thing isn't new, but I've wanted to read it ever since I saw his trailer for the book with Mindy Kaling. We loved Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and we can't wait for her new book this fall so this should hold us over until then. Any friend of Mindy is a friend of ours. (P.S All books should have trailers!)
And if you want a book I can actually vouch for- my favorite summer book from last year was, Where'd You Go, Bernadette. I only bought it in the airport before my honeymoon because I liked the cover and the author wrote for Arrested Development so I was pleasantly surprised when I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. I kept giggling in my beach chair...although that could have been the Mai Tais...
Do you have any suggestions for more summer reads?